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“Heavenly Vacation at the Emerald Abode.”
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private infinity plunge pool & jacuzzi with amazing views ! watch the surfers by day and stars night
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private infinity plunge pool & jacuzzi with amazing views ! watch the surfers by day and stars night
emerald abode built on hillside overlooking large ocean views and famous surf breaks of santa teresa, malpais, costa rica private walk out deck with BBQ, lounge chairs and your very own infinity plunge pool with jacuzzi.
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private infinity plunge pool & jacuzzi with amazing views ! watch the surfers by day and stars night
emerald abode built on hillside overlooking large ocean views and famous surf breaks of santa teresa, malpais, costa...
private walk out deck with BBQ, lounge chairs and your very own infinity plunge pool with jacuzzi.
20 miles of pacific coast is your view from the emerald abode
romantic bedroom, queen bed, a/c, tv with movies, and views forever.
comfort and beauty... you can sleep with screen doors or close up glass door and put on a/c .
sweet upscale kitchen with views of ocean and pool
relax in a hammock built for two, while viewing famous surf breaks in playa santa teresa
modern bathroom design, with walk out to deck and pool.
views of ocean and pool from bathroom, emerald green Venetian plaster walls. mirror windows.
large table with island stove top, views of ocean from every area of the house.
looking out large sliding glass doors from bedroom
sunsets forever
a visiting woodpecker
visiting howler monkeys enjoying a relaxing afternoon
monkeys move around depending on food supply
if you love surfing, you will love the Emerald Abode, with warm waters and consistent waves.
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Santa Teresa, Province of Puntarenas

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Malcom M
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Heavenly Vacation at the Emerald Abode.”
Reviewed 13 September 2016 for a stay in July 2016

I now know why this area has beach's named after saints for i'm sure you will agree once you have been, this is where nature meets heaven, leaving all the chaos and worries behind. I stayed at the Emerald Abode with my girlfriend recently, and had the most exciting vacation in many years. The house was perfectly located above the jungle, which i personally love to be so close to nature, and the a/c bedroom which was added luxury for my girlfriend. It was also perfectly located above the village so we didn't have to deal with dust, traffic and noise. The mornings started with a beautiful peaceful breakfast overlooking the morning surfers and listening to the passing birds and butterflies, or watching the monkeys in the trees around us. We went exploring all day long for there are tons of surrounding beach's that are so private, with little restaurants to enjoy along the way. We had a super day at the waterfalls, another day at Tortuga Island where we saw lots of dolphins playing in the ocean, and another day in the National Forest of Cabo Blanco. We also went Zip lining and hung upside down !! Horseback riding along the beach at sunset. There was so much to do, but at the end of the day, the best was to return home to the relaxing, private swimming pool, with a drink in hand, watching the evening surfers catch awesome waves, and watched as the sun met the ocean in brilliant colors. We found Paradise!, in a Super Convenient location for everything, full of Romance and incredibly private. Life Affirming in every way. Would love to move here, but in the meantime, i highly recommend the Emerald Abode and Santa Teresa for everyone looking for a unique vacation. p.s. The house was stocked with everything we needed and more.

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Liked best: The privacy and the nature.
Liked least: Dusty road
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with pets
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Management Response
14 Sep 2016
i have to agree with this guest when he compares our area to Heaven, for it surely feels that way for all of my guests. And it gives me great pleasure to share my little piece of heaven with travelers. Costa Rica is packed full of nature, sun, sandy beaches, warm oceans and friendly people, and Sta. Teresa is no exception. Especially attractive to active, adventurous visitors who want to experience true nature at it's best. our village has something for everyone. If you are a surfer you will find some of the best consistent waves in the Central America chain. If you are a fitness nut you will love the hiking in the two National Parks, the Waterfalls, and miles and miles of secluded beaches, or join one of the many yoga and Pilates classes happening all day long. If you love to eat, you will love the 70+ restaurants in our area, offering foods from all over the world. There is exceptional fishing in our area, as well as horseback riding, SUP and Zip lining for those looking for a exhilarating events. We also have exceptional sunsets, and large night sky's to watch billions of stars. it's always fun to see guests return to the house after a long day of adventure, hearing about their exciting stories, and seeing smiling faces is what it's all about as a host.
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ganjahula...
Toronto, Canada
1 review
“Peaceful serenity and fitness”
Reviewed 12 September 2016 for a stay in February 2014

The views are spectacular. I wanted relaxation, but I also wanted to be active. Going up and down the mountain , as well as the stairs to reach the cabina provided that. April was very helpful in suggesting where to get my delicious groceries (which I prepared in the kitchen overlooking the phenomenal vista), where to go out to eat (Hola ,Habaneros!) and when it was safe to snorkel in the tide pools ( This was by far my most favorite experience and I would come back just to do this again)
Relaxing in the private pool with a cocktail looking out over the ocean,,, watching the sun set in a plethora of color,,, seeing and hearing the howling monkeys right there amongst the trees,,,, the beautiful birds, lizards..... napping in the beautiful macramé hammock.... I must say it is an experience that all nature and fitness loving people should experience at least once..... I would love to come back with a partner to share this experience with !!!

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Liked best: swimming in the tide pools
Liked least: walking up the mountain after being on the beach
Travelling group: Solo
Your age range 50-64
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Management Response
13 Sep 2016
i am thankful and have been blessed with amazing guests that want to embrace nature and have lots of fun ! I have created a really unique experience for my guests, with the open air concept house, so that you can see and hear the ocean 24/7 along with all the splendar of nature.. but also gave the house a unique charm and comfort with the a/c bedroom, the beautiful wood floors, tables, cabinets all from local woods. I also have made the bathroom large and contemporary with concrete counter, double large sinks for his and her, and a shower that comes out of bamboo and surrounded with a wonderful view of the ocean, gardens and a walk out to your private infinity plunge pool, deck, lounge chairs, and BBQ.
if there is anything special my guests need to make their vacation great, i'm happy to assist where i can. Sometimes guests love my personalized concierge service, while others wish to explore on their own, either way i'm super happy to lend a hand to those who want more, or back away for those more independent guests... my goal is to provide a wonderful unique home, which i believe the Emerald Abode excels in this; a wonderful nature experience, which i believe the design of the house and the close proximity to nature and the beach does; (thank you to mother nature) and a wonderful private, romantic ambience (easy for i have no neighbors). It and more is all waiting for you to enjoy. Also to note for those looking at homes to rent with views, i am super close to the ocean in comparison to the rest of the area, living here for over 27 years i was lucky to be one of the first to buy land, for i'm on a little knoll that sticks out over everything, so private-no neighbors, so you not only see the ocean, but also the waves, the beach, the surfers, and most houses with views are too high to hear the ocean, but the Emerald Abode excels with views and the sound of the ocean 24/7.
i have hosted many happy Honeymooners, Anniversary celebrations, and couples that just want to get away to a private oasis. I provide a wonderful welcome package, full of fun surprises.. including campaign and chocolate covered strawberries for those in celebration.. a kitchen with CR Coffee, import Teas, 6pkg CR beer, bottle of import Wine, Tropical Fruit Basket, local fresh Bread, local free ranged Eggs, milk, butter, ice, drinking water... the house also is stocked with hand soaps, shower soaps, organic CR shampoo 2n1 conditions, lots of towels for the house, beach and pool... i also provide beach grass mats, beach chairs, small cooler, beach umbrella and snorkel masks.... if there is something special you wish for, you only need to ask!
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catherine...
Bracebridge, Canada
1 review
“private and modern”
Reviewed 5 September 2016 for a stay in February 2016

We stayed at the Emerald Abode this past February and had a wonderful time.

April is a wonderful host and was always accommodating,

We toured the area and found wonderful hiking, secluded beaches and of course, excellent surfing and beach activities.

We never missed a sunset, beautiful either at the beach or at the Abode.

Nice pool, modern kitchen and bedroom made our home away from home really easy to take.

The Emerald Abode is an open air concept. The bedroom is nicely screened however, the kitchen and bathroom are open to the air Be wise to unwanted guests, our advice is to clean up after yourself, never leave food out or in the bedroom and keep lighting dimmed ( all lights are equipped with dimmers).

We will be back

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Liked best: privacy and the view
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
11 Sep 2016
thank you so much for a lovely review.. i'm just one of many hosts in this area, and it is always my pleasure to welcome visitors from around the world to get a REAL ADVENTURE here in Santa Teresa, and introduce you to the many many WONDERS OF NATURE in store for you here in Costa Rica. My guests repeatedly comment on how incredible the view is here at the Emerald Abode, Private and beautiful home and wonderful experience surrounded by nature. the house was designed to help guests embrace the nature here, and yet still be surrounded by luzury. Everything you need to have an incredible vacation is waiting for you here, as the house is stocked with amenities beyond expected. Full Kitchen with cooking oils, spices and condiments, including Costa Rica Coffee, Imported Teas, Organic Costa Rca Cane Sugar... as well we stock the house with a morning breakfast of Local Free Range Eggs, Local Bakery Bread, large Tropcial Fruit Basket, butter and milk, plus you will find a large bag of Ice, 6lt bottle of drinking water, 6pk of Costa Rica Beer and a bottle of Imported Wine. We also supply plenty of towels (the house is stocked with luzury full sets of house towels, 2 beach towels, and 2 pool towels. there is Organic Coconut Shampoo 2n1 as well as organic hand and shower liquid soaps. we have a completed BEACH Fun equipement including two beach chairs, bamboo beach mats, beach umbrella, cooler and snorkling masks. if you are a surfer or want to learn you will love our Surf Board rental package at our local Kina Surf Shop $15/day and the check out the waves, beach and surfers from the comfort of your hammock, kitchen or pool area.
There are a lot of choices to rent here in Santa Teresa, but the Emerald Abode embraces you with luzury and relaxation, PLUS our views are not of just blue ocean, but we are close enough to see the surfers, see the beach line and waves rolling in, see the fishing boats at night and billions and billions of stars, and you can hear the ocean waves 24/7, a wonderful way to lull yourself to sleep.
all this awaits you at the Emerald Abode. I am a local for 26 years for i can provide an excellent and unique experience, and positive concierge service for each and every guest.
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mshelfor
Detroit, Michigan
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Not as expected”
Reviewed 8 June 2016 for a stay in May 2016
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This is open air. Expect bugs on the toilet, in your bed, and all over the kitchen. Also, I found the owner unprofessional to work with. Plenty of great places to stay nearby.

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Your age range 35-49
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LRourk
Beaufort, South Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Best of Santa Teresa”
Reviewed 10 May 2015 for a stay in April 2015

We came on our honeymoon for 10 days in Santa Teresa. The View is amazing , the property is perfectly located just outside of all the action on the main street . You do need a 4 by 4 - (we wished we had gotten a quad instead of car ) lots of great restaurants nearby, beach access at the bottom of the mountain , beautiful beaches - able to check surf from the bed. Beautiful shady and private pool perfect to escape the mid day heat. Very open house . Very Safe location- we felt very safe and had a lot of privacy. April is extremely helpful, informative and available for any questions etc. We loved it and wished we would have booked for longer - Can't wait to get back and would with out a doubt book at the emerald abode again - in fact would make sure it was available before going back . The house/view/property is beautiful the pictures on this site don't even do justice to the real thing. It is better than we could have imagined.

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Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
12 Jun 2016
i'm so happy when Honeymoon couples book at the Emerald Abode. When designing this OPEN AIR home i was thinking of the romantic at heart. The design allows you to see for miles of ocean and waves from every spot in the house.. it also give you great views in the evening to our huge tropical night sky's where the stars go on for billions of miles. there are special areas around with hammocks to relax in, infinity pool to cool down in, and surfers in the ocean to watch all day long. The village of Santa Teresa has so much to offer the Honeymoon couple, including lots of romantic Beachfront restaurants to dine in. i'm so thankful that i can assist my guests, helping them get the most out of their vacation/honeymoon is key importance to me. if you are a honeymoon couple interested in booking please send me an inquiry and i'll have the champagne and strawberries waiting for you :)
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Eli L
Flagstaff, Arizona
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Room with a view: Emerald Abode”
Reviewed 8 January 2015 for a stay in December 2014

The view really is amazing! Even at the end of our 11 day stay, we were transfixed. Moreover, the Abode directly overlooks the main St. Teresa surf breaks, and since our trip was very surf-focused this was a huge plus. Being up on the hill (and it's a very steep road that requires a 4WD low range vehicle...fun for us, but potential drawback for some, especially elderly travelers) meant we received cooling breezes, were away from the dust, bustle and higher prices of rentals off the main drag, were lulled to sleep by the surf at night (when the wind shifts onshore) and felt very safe (we had heard many reports of petty crime on/near the beaches during our stay). The price was very competitive.

The place itself has just about everything you need for a deeply relaxing and comfortable vacation rental: privacy, intimate natural setting in the forest, views, pool, full kitchen, and air conditioning. The two exceptions were an uncomfortable mattress (you could feel the springs) and really slow wireless. April (owner) is very helpful and really goes out of her way to make sure you have everything you need. Since she's only been operating the Emerald Abode since May, 2014 she is fine-tuning some things, but is making every effort to accommodate her guest's needs.

This place is a gem!

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Liked best: the view
Liked least: the mattress
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway
  • Was the property as advertised?
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
12 Jun 2016
i think they have said it all in this 4 star reveiw. these guests made for wonderful couple to host, keeping super busy and enjoying every aspect of the house and the surrounding area.

i even appreciate their two exceptions, about the mattress, and yes this BRAND NEW mattress was probably very uncomfortable with the springs in his back because i found that it was UPSIDE DOWN, so the pillow mattress on top was on the bottom...ooops ! sorry, don't know how that happened... also have changed wireless companies, so the whole property is wifi and as fast as possible in my area.
thank you for taking the time to write a review, and i'm looking forward to your return ! cheers.
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Santa Barbara, California
Reviewed 26 October 2014 for a stay in October 2014

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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